- The Aburi chief had made some remarks about the galamsey activities in Akyem Abuakwa
- The Okyeman Youth were unhappy with the comments and demanded an apology
- The Aburi chief said he only wanted to urge the other chiefs to join the anti-galamsey fight
Otubuor Gyan Kwasi II, the chief of Aburi has apologized to the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin of Akyem Abuakwa for certain remarks made about the illegal mining activities in the Akyem area.
The Aburi chief said that his comment was misunderstood, as he did set out to offend the Okyenhene, who deserves immense respect since he is traditionally, to some extent, the 'father' of Okuapeman.
He stated that his remarks were not jabs at the Akyem Abuakwa overlord and his chiefs, but was to rather urge them to actively join the fight against the mining menace that had damaged their lands and polluted the main source of water, River Birim.
The Aburi chief's apology follows the demand by the Okyeman Youth, who were not happy with the statements by the chief to their overlord.
According to them, the Aburi chief was wrong to accuse the Okyenhene of being complacent with regards to the galamsy menace, since he has been leading the fight against the illegal mining activity.
Even after his apology however, the Aburi chief warned the Okyeman Youth to exercise restrain in their approach to the issue, as any misstep could harm the good relationship between the two traditional areas.
The fight against galamsey was intensified some weeks ago, with a collaboration of media houses who started a campaign dubbed #StopGalamseyNow, as apart of efforts to educate the public and gain support to end the menace.
Many national stakeholders have added their voice to the cause, with joint efforts being pulled together to find ways to end the illegal mining activity that has caused much damage to many of the country's natural resources.
The government has said it is determined to tackle the issue head-on, and has already launched various plans and projects that will bring an end to the menace.
Among such projects is the Multilateral Mining Integrated Plan, which will be an alternative source of livelihood for the miners, and will include a tree-planting project to help revitalize the lands that have been damaged by the mining process.
The project which is estimated to cost $10 million, will also cover mining laws and their enforcement.
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